Delhi Daredevils, on Friday, announced the appointment of former India batsman Mohammad Kaif as their assistant coach for the upcoming season of IPL.
“Delhi Daredevils have roped in former Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif as their assistant coach for the upcoming Indian Premier League season,” the franchise announced.
Kaif is not new to coaching stints in the IPL. In 2017, he was an assistant coach to Brad Hodge at the Gujarat Lions. At Delhi Daredevils, he will have the likes of Ricky Ponting and James Hopes in the backroom staff.
The former India star expressed his delight over the appointment and said he is looking forward to working with the team.
“I’m delighted to be part of the Delhi Daredevils and am looking forward to bringing together an exciting group of boys, who are going to make their franchise and country proud,” Mohammad Kaif said.
“With the management team’s support, I am sure we’ll help nurture many of the younger boys in the squad and make this team a force to be reckoned with in the IPL,” he added.
Delhi Daredevils’ Director Mustafa Ghouse welcomed Kaif into the fold.
“Kaif brings in huge amounts of experience and a keen understanding of the game to our backroom staff. He’s highly admired on the circuit and will be a natural mentor for the youngsters in the team,” Mustafa said.
“We are confident that his leadership and guidance will help the team tremendously in the new IPL season,” he said.
Earlier this year, Kaif announced his retirement, thus ending a career than spanned well over two decades. Kaif represented India in 13 Tests and 125 ODIs. His last game for India, however, came more than 12 years ago, during the tour of South Africa in 2006. He scored 624 runs in Tests and 2,753 runs in ODIs.
He was also a part of the Indian team that reached the 2003 World Cup final in South Africa. Three years prior to that, he had led India to their maiden Under-19 World Cup.
Mohammad Kaif enjoyed a highly successful domestic career. He represented three teams but enjoyed the greater part of the success with his home state Uttar Pradesh, having led them to a maiden Ranji Trophy title by beating Bengal in 2005-06. One of the finest fielders to have ever played for India, Kaif finished with 10,229 runs in 186 first-class matches at an average of 38.60.
In 2014-15, he quit Uttar Pradesh to join Andhra as a professional for two seasons. In 2016-17, he led new entrants Chhattisgarh in their maiden Ranji Trophy season.